My wife & I have been hiking, 4 wheeling, exploring & photographing (slides only, sorry)hundreds remote Anasazi and Native American sites throughout all of the Southwest for many years, especially Cedar Mesa in Utah,as well as all of all the "Biggies" of the SW, & many of the Canyons that drain into the Colorado. I have ZERO potshards, no matter how small, or any other artifact to show for it & would have it no other way. To deprive the Native Americans of their history & culture, & other hikers & explorers from the absolute joy of discovery & revisiting history in these spectacular remote settings is absolutely sickening to me.
Looting sites & graves has been huge business here in AZ & actually an Arizona ranching pioneer tradition it would seem for many years. Every rain reveals more artifacts to be discovered hiking in the washes draining the side canyons of the cliff dwellings into the main drainages. The University of AZ, here in Tucson is home to the The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) established in 1937 by A.E. Douglass, founder of the modern science of dendrochronology. The archeology done by Emil Haury & James Dean especially in the Tsegi Canyon region of the Dine (Navajo) combined with the tree ring dating of Douglas has been a boon to Archeology worldwide.
If any of you Folks out here have any interest in Cliff Dwellings, rock art, & things Anasazi like, such as Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, & other Gigantic settlements like Chaco Canyon in NM, I urge you to someday check out Navajo National Monument in AZ. The short hike to Betatakin, & long overnighter to Keet Seel set in the spectacular Tsegi Canyon region is trully a magical experience. There is a great campgound there as well with great sunrises & sunsets.
Also not to be missed is Canyon De Chelly, near Chinle, Az. There are Rim Drives above both Canyon De Chelly & Canyon Del Muerto that look down into many spectacular Cliff Dwellings. But not to be missed is Driving the bottoms of the Canyons in a 4 wheel drive & visiting all the sites. They have guided tours in big trucks, but I had a Navajo friend so was able to drive the canyons with he & our wives in my truck, where the Dine are still herding sheep there in Season.
The Dine were yet another hugely peaceful tribe subjected to White Man's inexcuseable treatment of Native Americans. Close to 10000 were rounded up or surrendered & forced to walk between 300 & 450 miles to imprisonment In New Mexico. 53 different forced marches occurred between August 1864 and the end of 1866, collectively known as "The Long Walk". In 1868 they were allowed to return to their native lands, now on a 3.5 million Acre reservation, & now faced the Long Walk Home.
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